Nike Cross Country Camp Winona State University
Be the best you can be!
2024 Dates Announced!
The Nike Cross Country Camp at Winona State University gives middle & high school distance runners the chance to develop proper running technique in one of the finest training environments in the Midwest.
The camp is open to middle & high school XC runners of all abilities, from beginners to state champions. The only requirements needed are the desire to have fun and to be the best you can be! Our camp is designed to teach you the fundamentals of cross country. The emphasis is on providing you a great, fun-filled learning week.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Trail running
- Top notch instruction from college coaches
- For ages 12-17 (Middle & High School)
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Director JOHN HIBSHMAN
John Hibshman is the Winona State Warriors head coach for men's and women's cross country. Hibshman also serves as an assistant coach for the women's track & field team.View John's Bio ⟩
Prior to Winona State, Coach Hibshman spent four years as assistant cross country and assistant men's track & field coach at UW-La Crosse.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Lebanon Valley College (Pa.) in 1987 and his master's degree in physical education and exercise science from Michigan State University in 1991.
Hibshman was co-captain and MVP in cross country at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) from 1984-86 and co-captain and MVP in track & field from 1984-87. Named to the Dean's List, he exemplified himself as a collegiate student-athlete.
A four-year varsity letter winner in cross country and three-year varsity letter winner in track & field at Annville-Cleona (Pa.) High School, Hibshman competed in seven state championships (four cross country, three track & field). He was team MVP in cross country and still holds the school record for the 1,600-meter run of 4:19 set at the 1982 state meet.
He was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Hall of Fame for distance running in high school, college, and post-collegiate in 2000.
Hibshman served as head cross country coach at Pewamo-Westphalia (Mich.) High School in 1990 and head track & field field coach at Annville-Cleona (Pa.) High School in 1989. Hibshman was also the assistant cross country coach at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) in 1988. He was the assistant distance coach for track & field and cross country at Onalaska (Wis.) High School from 2011-15.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Runners participate in two running workouts each day. Coaches explain the benefits of workouts and how they combine to maximize your potential. The workouts do not take the place of your high school or club program. Instead, they raise your awareness about becoming a “complete runner.”
In addition, you learn race strategies, warm-up and warm-down routines, technique drills, strength training, and plyometrics. You’ll train in beautiful environment, motivated by coaches and college runners who share your passion.
We offer educational and motivational running clinics each day. Campers learn the fundamentals of distance training, including proper nutrition, visualization, goal setting, race techniques, flexibility, and recovery.
NCAA coaches discuss what it takes to put together championship teams and how you can use these ideas to improve your times, helping your team back home.
- Dates: July 7-11, 2024. Join the Priority List to be the first to know when registration opens!
- Age Group: 12-17
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Day
- Meals: All meals are provided at the on-campus dining facility. Extended Day campers do NOT receive breakfast
- Check-in: Overnight campers Sunday, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
- Check-out: All campers Thursday, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Wednesday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Thursday 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
All Campers should arrive at camp, prepared to run on Sunday, the 1st day of camp.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
- Dorm: Conway Hall
- Campers Per Room: 2
- Roommates: Guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
- Bathrooms: Shared on floor
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No, fan recommended
- Key Deposit: $50 check made payable to US Sports Camps
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEES:
- Overnight Campers: Features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.
- Day Campers: This option offers the same features as the resident camp minus lodging, breakfast, and dinner (Day Campers should eat breakfast before daily check-in).
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10
- Grouped by: age, ability, current mileage, and XC experience
- Equipment needed: Campers should bring at least two pairs of broken in running shoes. Racing flats/spikes are optional. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: Winona State University, local roads and trails
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Extra spending money (suggested $40)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
- Athletic clothing mentioned above
- Comfortable non-running clothing
- Underwear and socks
- Personal items & medications
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Swimsuit and towel
- Pen and paper for notes during guest speakers
- Cell phone (if you have one)
- Fan (optional)
- Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter or sleeping bag (linens are NOT provided)
- Laundry detergent
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE CROSS COUNTRY CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Cross Country camps please see our FAQ page.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-Up (Overnight Campers)
- 7:30am Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:30am Arrival + Check-in (Day Campers)
- 9:00am Morning Run
- 10:00am Morning clinic
- 11:00am Free time + Activities/Games
- 12:00pm Lunch - WSU Dining Hall
- 1:30pm Afternoon clinic
- 2:30pm Free time
- 3:00pm Afternoon workout
- 4:00pm Check Out + Departure (Day Campers Only)
- 4:30pm Advanced clinic
- 5:30pm Dinner - WSU Dining Hall
- 7:00pm Camp activities
- 10:00pm Lights out
Our running programs take place on the beautiful campus of Winona State University. Winona is located along the most gorgeous stretch of the Mississippi River, between the limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet above town. Campers stay and eat on campus. Runs take place at the WSU Track Complex and on nine miles of grass trails nearby.
Camp Questions & Answers
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This online form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and submitted online before you arrive on the first day of camp.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same dorms as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the dorm. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we try to place you in an adjacent dorm room to another single camper, similar in age.
It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
July 15, 2023: my highlight of this camp was doing the hike and playing sand volleyball. I really enjoyed the classes such as the class on proper form and how to have a good body image.
July 17, 2023: Greta enjoyed everything but especially getting to know college athletes and what running at that level is like.
July 14, 2023: My child loved the scenery/runs, friendliness of staff, making friends, and the entire experience.
July 15, 2022: The overall experience was amazing. My child came home and couldn't stop taking about all of it.
July 19, 2023: Meeting new people and being in an environment where everyone enjoys similar things!
July 14, 2023: Doing fun activities in free time and running in different places each day
July 19, 2023: Spending time with other campers and kids that have the same passion.
July 14, 2023: Meeting and training with other kids with the same ambitions as me
July 24, 2023: Running with other kids that love to compete.
She would like to do again
I can't pick.. My daughter LOVED the entire experience. She literally talked about it non-stop.
— Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.